Texas student punished for being high despite clean drug test
A student at Klein Collins High is being punished after she was believed to have showed up to school while high, however a drug test showed that she had no drugs in her system.
Sophomore Hailey Gibbons was late to class and had to take a tardy slip to an assistant principle. That administrator then called the nurse to perform a field sobriety test.
“I would say I am not on drugs and they would say you are, just give it up, you are. I started breaking down,” said Gibbons who is 16 years old.
Gibbons, who maintains solid grades and has never been in trouble, insisted more than a dozen times she was completely sober and a simple drug test would prove it Fox 26 Houston reports.
“If they would have known me they would have known that I would not be on any type of drugs and the fact that they kept accusing me over and over again, when they just don’t know anything.”
Gibbons’ mother, Jennifer Saxton, was called to school, who immediately took her daughter to be drug tested. Quest Diagnostics administered an 11 panel drug test, and she came up completely clean.
The school however refused to accept the results of the test and sentenced her to 30 days in alternative school.
“So now you have a student with proof, scientific evidence the she was not taking drugs. The school district says we don’t care about that, you are gone anyway. And they label this child a drug abuser in her permanent school record. It’s wrong and it’s a civil rights violation,” said Chris Tritico, Gibbons’ attorney.
Saxton has considered filing a lawsuit and is certain she will withdraw her daughter from Klein ISD as soon as her term in alternative school is complete.
“They are more worried about being right than doing what’s right. Her reputation, her school record, I mean it effects everything. She’s not going to graduate with her friends, she’s not going to go to prom,” said Saxton, her voice cracking with emotion.
A KISD spokesperson claims the drug test was not accepted because the district could not confirm its validity.
Saxton says Quest Diagnostic was the lab recommended to her by administrators at Collins High School.
Klein also issued to Fox 26 the following statement:
KISD takes seriously allegations of impairment. KISD also takes seriously the possible use of illegal substances by students. KISD uses a variety of methods to determine whether a student may be impaired at school. While we will not discuss any specific instances, there are multiple reasons why certain outside sources may not be given weight in a matter such as this.